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Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song

“Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song”, highlights music inspired by literature. Joined by guest artist Naoko Sugiyama, Ensemble Lyrae recalls favorite stories from childhood that were not only memorable, but exhilarating to composers. From classics like Little Women and Hansel and Gretel to more modern favorites like Lord of the Rings and Goodnight Moon, this program presents a broad collection of literature for our audience to explore.


Sunday, October 20, 2019  at 4:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Road, Shirley, MA ​

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

New School of Music

25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, MA ​


Sunday, October 27, 2019 

The Commons in Lincoln (private event)


Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Musical Sunday's Series

Morrill Memorial Library

33 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA ​



This concert will be rescheduled to a later date. 


Finding Home: Music of Adopted Lands

"Finding Home” ponders the complexity of finding a place to call home, especially for those fleeing from war, famine, and oppression, and those seeking asylum in new lands of sanctuary and opportunity. Ensemble Lyrae brings to the forefront works by immigrant composers, including Béla Bartók and Irving Berlin, as well as works that share stories of immigration – the hardships, the hopes, and the fears.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Music on Norway Pond Concert Series

Hancock, NH

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Harvard Epworth Church

1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA ​

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 -12:00 PM

Music at Whitehead Series

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

455 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 

Expressions of Light and Dark ​

“Expressions of Light and Dark” probes the subtleties found in all visions of light and shadow. Through works by Felix Mendelssohn, Zoltán Kodály, Gustav Holst, Adam Guettel, Ola Gjeilo, and many more, these degrees of luminosity will evoke a sensational experience for audiences. Ensemble Lyrae continues to introduce new music for women’s voices through the commission of Brian John and his setting of “You, Darkness” with text by Rainer Maria Rilke, and a fresh interpretation of Disney’s “All in the Golden Afternoon” by Eva Kendrick.

Sunday, October 21, 2018  4:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Rd, Shirley, MA 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 7:30 PM

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

838 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 

Saturday, November 10, 2018 2:00 PM

Morse Institute Library

14 E Central St. Natick, MA


Nevertheless, She Persisted

Music by Women Composers from the 12th Century to Today

With Guest Artist: 

Alix Raspé, harp

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM 

First Parish Milton

535 Canton Ave. Milton, MA

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM 
Harvard Epworth Church

1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 

For Thee We Sing

A Musical Tribute to Our Veterans

Featuring world premieres by composers, Brian John and Charles Tarver.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:30 PM 
St. Peter's Episcopal Church 

838 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Rd. Shirley, MA

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Christ Congregational Church

1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA

My Kingdom 

Song & Verse from New England

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church 

838 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Rd. Shirley, MA

Anchoring the program around Louisa May Alcott’s poem, “My Kingdom,” Ensemble Lyrae has commissioned Vartan Aghababian,

Eva Conley Kendrick, Brian John, and Charles Tarver, four consummate composers with ties to New England, to set the poem. Other selections include Juliana Hall’s “Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush,” which brings to life Emily Dickinson’s charming and profound letters. Also featured is Theodore Chanler’s masterpiece, the song cycle “Eight Epitaphs.” These pieces will complement the commissioned works, and, combined, will each express the great beauty and diversity of style, wit, and wisdom of this artistically rich region.

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'New England Scenery' by Fredric Edwin Church 

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